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Ideas on Health and Illness, 6 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Master´s Programme in Health and Society and Phoenix EM Dynamics of Health and Welfare
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Health and Society - HOA
  COURSE CODE   737A18
The aim of the course is that the student should acquire knowledge of the most important ideas of health and illness present in Western culture from classical times to the 20th century.

Having completed the course, the student shall
- have acquired understanding of the ideas and impacts of the historic periods discussed in the course,
- be able to analyse and discuss these ideas and impacts orally and in writing,
- be able to search and use references of relevance for questions related to the themes of the course,
- be able to analyse and compare the history of western science and medicine in relation to the rest of the world and to modern times.
This course will deal with texts, which illustrate ideas and conceptions related to health and illness. The ideas start in the Classical Period with Galen and his adherents, continue to the Medieval Era, with particular attention to the impact of Plague on the development of new ideas of disease and public health, advance through the Early Modern Period, through Enlightenment to the increasing interest for statistics during the 19th century and the new perceptions of disease, stimulated by the bacteriological discoveries.
The course also presents weekly sub-themes concerning ideas of health and illness in different historic periods.
Detailed information about the weekly themes will be given at the start of the course.
Each theme will be studied during one week, starting with a key lecture. The students formulate questions for discussion at a final weekly seminar based upon lecture, obligatory and individually referred texts. Students are also given the opportunities to organise other forms of collective discussions. Language of instruction: English.
Active participation in weekly seminars and individually produced discussion papers by each student are the basis for the summary evaluation and marking made by the course examiner.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits, including a 15 ECTS credit degree paper or equivalent. All applicants must show in-depth studies for at least one year in a field relevant for the course such as sociology, history, philosophy, epidemiology, public health, and ethics. Studies in medical and natural sciences may be accepted, if considered a relevant background for the course.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to "Engelska B"; i.e. English as native language or an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL (minimum scores: Paperbased 550 + TWE-score 4.0, computorbased 213 and internetbased 79), IELTS, academic (minimum score: Overall band 6.0 and no band under 5.0), or equivalent.
The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
Ideas on Health and Illness
Ideas on Health and Illness
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
IHS - Department of Health and Society
Registrar No: 1324/06-41   Course Code: 737A18      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Health and Society - HOA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
A1X   Advanced level     HOA   HU  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-09-10